While many bikes can carry cargo by adding a rack and a pannier or crate, some bikes are designed from the get-go to be excellent cargo haulers. Start with Question 1. Once you're directed to a group of bikes, read that group's list and information carefully. Only after reading that group should you move on to read the other groups.
Most bikes will span multiple groups. Once you find your group via the flowchart, read all of the text and about all of the bikes in that group. Then read ALL of the groups.
These bikes easily accept child seats because of their long rear racks and each has demonstrated their capability to hold one or more commercially available child seats. It should be noted that you can still carry cargo on these bikes while the child seat is attached.
Without major modifications or attachments, these bikes are recommended for carrying passengers of all sizes and ages because of their long rack that acts like a seating deck. No additional materials are needed to carry a passenger although adding a stoker bar to the seatpost is recommended for children.
Without any modifications or attachments (except those included with the bike), these bikes are recommend for carrying children (not adults) and cargo. These are NOT convertible, stroller-based bicycles and trikes.
Bikes whose main purpose is to convert from bike to some other contraption such as stroller or trailer. These items are getting only a head-nod here in the information gathering stage as it can be argued that they are not really bikes 100% of the time (and this author would argue that.) They will likely not make it to a final draft.
Bikes that are great for grocery getting because of their cargo capacity or ability to hold large panniers.
Bikes with boxes, buckets, or baskets or flatbeds, or can hold a ton of stuff.
Bikes with a cargo deck in front of the handlebars and above the front wheel
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|Manf.||Bike||HQ Country||Manf. Country||Price||Cargo Location||bike weight||Carry Cap.||Notable Features||Website|
|Mundo||Yuba||United States||NMI||$1099||BACK/SIDES||440 pounds, plus the rider||Rear deck and sideloaders||http://www.yubaride.com/|
|Madsen||kg271RACK||United States||NMI||$1099||BACK||597 pounds||Rear deck||http://www.madsencycles.com/|
|Madsen||kg271BUCKET||United States||NMI||$1299||BACK||597 pounds||40 gallon, LLDPE rigid plastic bin||http://www.madsencycles.com/|
|Work Cycles||Bakfiets–long||C||D||E||FRONT||G||80kg front, 50kg rear||Option for 2 seats||http://www.workcycles.com/|
|Metrofiets||Various||United States||United States||$3500, varies||FRONT||G||H||Pallet/Box, customized||http://www.metrofiets.com/|
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I think this all happened because BikePortland.org tweeted something about a cargo bike flowchart, then BikeNounVerb retweeted it. I saw it and made this wiki page to get it started. This all happened on May 27, 2010. Editors: Steven Vance; Travis A. Wittwer; (you?)